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This brief provides updates on the OPTIONS initiative based on data reported by OPTIONS liaisons. Liaisons are licensed behavioral health clinicians embedded within a law enforcement agency in each of the sixteen counties in Maine. At present, each county has one appointed liaison that works alongside law enforcement to provide short-term counseling interventions, conduct proactive outreach with communities at the highest risk of experiencing an overdose, de-escalate behavioral health crises, and engage in postoverdose follow up visits and referrals of persons in need, as well as affected others, to community- and state-based services.
Soucier, Daniel S., "The Overdose Prevention Through Intensive Outreach Naloxone and Safety Initiative (OPTIONS): Project-to-Date Totals through September 30, 2022" (2022). Health & Public Safety. 47.
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